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Simple Tips That Will Help Your Dishwasher Last Longer

You made a major investment in your dishwasher, so you want it to last as long as possible. These few simple tips can increase the usable life of your appliance and help it run more efficiently.

Clean the Dishwasher Filter

Food particles can build up in your dishwasher’s filter, so it’s important to check it regularly. After every load, you should clear any visible pieces of debris from the filter. This will keep large particles from getting clogged in the dishwasher, ensuring it runs optimally with every wash.

Replace Rusting Parts

It’s a good idea to manually inspect all parts of your dishwasher regularly for rust, especially if you have an older model. Rust can actually clog your pump over time, which is a problem that can be expensive to fix. Replace rusting parts promptly.

Maintain the Sprayer Arms

Your dishwasher’s sprayer arms need to be cleaned out regularly to ensure a long lifespan. Hard water deposits, food particles, and other debris get caught inside the sprayer arms, which will affect how well they operate. All you need to do is remove the arms and wash them in warm, soapy water.

Adding some diluted vinegar will also help eliminate any hard water deposits in the sprayer arms. Many manufacturers recommend cleaning the sprayer arms at least once a month, but be sure to check your manual for a specific recommendation.

Be Mindful of What You Wash

To extend the life of your dishwasher, you should ensure that everything that goes in is dishwasher safe. Some people use it to wash other household items, but this will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your dishwasher. Additionally, it’s important not to overload the appliance, even if it means you’ll need to do another load. Overworking the dishwasher will ultimately reduce its lifespan and keep it from cleaning as effectively.

If you need dishwasher service, contact Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield. Our professional plumbers handle dishwasher installations and repairs, and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions.